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'I •il .•*•• &< 1 :'i: &',' I". !.. I Pr. jr I fl Thejamestown Alert TBBliBi The Diily Alort is dullvored in the city by ca fieri, al 60 cents a month. Daily, one ye»r. IgOO Dally,sis mouth* Daily, three months Weekly, oue year Weekly, six months 3 00 50 2 00 1 00 DAILY (EXCEPT SUNDAY) & WEEKLY W. It. KELLOGG. TUB population of North Dakota, as given by tbe official report o? the census department shows that as far as can be determined there were 36,909 people in this territory in 1880, and that ten years later there were 182,719, an in crease of 145,810 residents, or 394.05 per cent. The population is given in detail by counties, townships, cities, wards cities, towns and villages. now step ed In the state there are but eight cities and villages having over 1,000 inhab itants. These are, in the order of their population, as follows: Fargo, Grand Forks, Jamestown, Bismarck, Grafton, Wahpeton, Mandac and Valley City, un der village government. The population of Fargo is given as 5,664, Grand Forks 4,979, Bismarck 2,186, with the other cities ranging under 2,000. The population of Stutsman county is 5.266, and of this Jamestown has more than half within the city limits. There is not another city in the state which contains as many people in proportion to the population of the county, as James town. All the other larger towns are supported by well sottled communitus around them. For instance, the popul tion of Fargo is less than a third of th of Cass county, and the ratio is still greater between Grand Forks city atd county. The last year may have changed these figures somewhat in the interest of the cities, but not materially. From these census figures Jit will I seen that in the eight towns there area little over 20,000 people or about one ninth of the population of the state. The state of North Dakota is purely and simply agricultural in its population. Many of the residents of the towns and cities are farmers and live on the pro ceeds of farming. The farming interests of the state are the chief ones, and the farmers have it within their power to regulate their own affairs, if they will. THE president's message is a business man's document, plain, and straight to the point. It reviews the immense amount of work accomplished by the ad ministration, and condenses the results into a showing that every citizen can be proud of. The president modestly, yet independently, suggests measures and methods fr^m his own point of view. He again declares his well-known opin ions on the silver question, advocates an ocean mail subsidy, believes that the present tariff is in nowise oppressive to any class ot the people, aud that it is creating new industries and assisting those already in existence. The circulation of money has been in creased by applying the large surplus left in the treasury in 1889 in tbe re demption of securities, rather than let ting vast sums lie in national banks with out drawing interest. There have been redeemed over two hundred and fifty millions of United States bonds and a reduction of interest of over eleven mil lions annually has been thereby effected since March 1,1839. The message shows a splendid condi tion of the country and especially em phasizes the wisdom of the business management of the nation since Presi dent Harrison was elected. AT a recent meeting of the Illinois State Grange at Springfield, the crop statistics presented in the address of the grand master attracted the most atten tion. Among tbe facts set forth was that during the last year the average price of a bushel of wheat was 87 cents. The total crop in the Btate was worth about. $15,000,000 and the net profit upon the crop was less than $2,000,000. The fig ures for the last thirty-two years show that for fourteen years wheat raising in Illinois was pursued at a profit, but for tbe last eighteen years there had been an actual loss. The farmers of the state are paying interest amounting to 86,800,000 per annum on a mortgage indebtedness of 8146,000.000, while the net profit on farm products is only about 87,000,000. This is significant for North Dakota farmers. It means that the winter wheat states are not going to cut the fignre in the wheat production of the fu tore that they have in the past. Land is every where advancing in value. The •oil of the middle states is rapidly wear ing out, and never can be replaced for the profitable production of certain crops. Wheat can be raised with profit in North Dakota where it would be a loss in Illi nois. The North Dakota wheat farm is all right. TUG Lisbon Gazette was recently ex cluded from the mails of its navire city because it sontained a notice of a church fair drawing. This heinous offence was construed by the postmaster, who is publisher of the Lisbon Star, as suffi cient excuse to make a lot of trouble for his ''esteemed contemporary." The Gazette now Bhows of 4 one is 1880 ng," per In the list of cities JameBtown hundred miles west of the Red river, found to be third in population. In there were 393 people at "the crossing and last year 2,296, again of 484.22 cent, the largest gain of any single com munity in the state. This without a booru, a capital building, a government land office, or any artificial stimulus. It proves that Jamestown grows and pros person its own merits and demonstrates that with the returning prosperity in view, this city is to take a long forward and become the undispiu metropolis for the great grain and stock growing region west of the Red river val ley, now practically undeveloped. that he same matter held illegal, was printed in the post master's own paper, the Star, which went through the mails without interference. There are a number of republican postmasters publishing papers in the state, who are now manifesting their fidelity to republican principles by loudly advocating the prohibition law as a party measure, abusing prohibitionists themselves, and denouncing all others as spurious republicans who do not come into that mongrel camp. The LiBlx.n Star P. M. conn-sunder this class,—whose great loyalty to the party requires the advocacy of prohibition and a construc tion of postoffloe regulations which seems to indioate that the republicanism of the P. M. is no purer, more elevated, or patriotic than the publisher himself. THAT masterful hypnotizer, Lawyer Bill Erwin, has cleared another client charged with murder. Ground, insanity. There is some reason for this kind of an acquittal when Sir Knight Erw demon strates it. But nine out of t6n acquittals for insanity are clumsy and unrighteous despoilations of justice and exhibitions of credulity. In the case of the North Dakota murderer Bamington, the public does not believe the evidence shows hiui to be insane, or even imbecile. Theoret ically every man who commits murder is insane—charity for the humau animal leans towards this conclusion—and scien tifically it has some support. But the majority of murders are contemplated b\ men whose minds would have never been questioned had they not done the deed Remington, the slayer of the elevator agent, ought to take the consequences of bis action, and every man who has mur der lurking in his savage heart, ought to be impressed with the fact that he is alone responsible for the evil nature born in him, and must alone take the consequences of his criminal acts. AN illustration of the building.anda description of the new Northern Pacific hotel at Winnipeg will be found else where in this issue. The structure is a magnificent edifice, and speaks for the enterprise and broad guage policy of the company which has erected it. The citi zens of Winnipeg are justly proud of the new hotel, and regard it as a handsome earnest of what the Northern Pacific is to do for that city and province. The present management of the North ern Pacific, is in many respects, the ablest and most satisfactory for so great a system, of any railroad corporation in tbe United States. In this connection The Alert believes that the effects of the company's energetic endeavors to popu late the unoccupied lands of North Da kota will be seen sooner than the public now believes. One of the practical phases of this effort is shown in the radical change of policy whereby indi vidual shippers have been supplied with cars to ship their own grain, this year,on a equal footing with elevator and ware house owners. As winter leisure grows apace, the press of the Red river valley, as well as elsewhere in the state is beginning to formulate what the farmers think of the present elevator system by which they are yet largely compelled to market grain. The opiuions are uniformly hos tile to the system. One farmer writing to a Grand Forks paper, after denounc ing the injustice of the monopoly, says: One man shipping from Inkster made a profit of S156 on one car of wheat over and above what he could have got for tbe same wheat in Inkster. Several other cars were suipped at profits that agreeably surprised the shippers' and made it clear to them why the elevator men were millionaires. Now few who can get cars, sell to the local buyers. In spite of the efforts made by tbe railroad to favor the elevators, nearly all the shipping is done by the farmers and at clear profit of from about 850 to 8156 on each carload. Farmers it is time for you to think hard. And so it goes, all over the state, in the Red, in the James, and in the Mis souri valleys. Always the same story everywhere. PRESIDENT HARRISON let the subject of reciprocity alone, in his message, and devoted himself to a full consideration of the tariff. He estimated the relative values of the two topics correctly. Reci. procity is as yet largely a glittering de vice emanating from the fertile bran of Blaine, and created chielfy for his politi cal purposes. It has an attractive sound, but as yet, there has been little prac tical development in it, except to adver tise the secretary of state. The McKin ley bill on tbe other hand has produced abundant results in a short time, its ef fects are promptly and generally, seen, and the people of the country are able to know a good deal about the workings of the law. It is a beneficial act. and Presi dent Harrison wisely gave it preference in his message over the brilliantly illn tuminated scheme of reciprocity w.th few South American republics in con stant insurrection against any form of government or any permanent enoour agement of commercial progress. THE memory of an old fashioned news paper reporter of the Twin cities has been recently honored in an unusual way. At the funeral there were people of all classes—officials, private individuals, ac quaiiitnn vs.friendsand fellow workmen— who appeared to do honor to one who was old fashioned in this: that, for thirty years he had plodded along, in the ca pacity ot newsgatherer, and in his deal ings with all kinds of men and womeu, seeing their faults and frailties, having their prejudices, selfishness and schemes revealed to him daily, he never betrayed or purposely wrovged one, or knowingly took advantage of his position, to make a point at the expense of any one who im posed a trust in him. He was a worthy servant of the public and a golden scroll of his character could adorn no fitter niche than in the sanctum of each news paper for which Mart Williams worked. MINNEAPOLIS millers have donated a train load of Hour to the starviug peas antry of Russia. It is pleasant to read why this has been done. The Tribune explains: In their own prosperity and abund ance the Minneapolis millers have not been blinded to the misfortunes of others. They have deliberately made a monetary sacrifice for the benefit of peo pie in whom they have no particular in terest, and from whom they can derive no particular gain. Mankind's philan thropv can go no further than this. It is well for all to know that a com mercial Elysium has been sidetracked at Mirneapolis, and that spot of earth now contains noble and illustrious members of the human race whose hearts are blockaded with humanity and whose generosity radiates sunshine and Pills bury's Best around the world like morn ing drum beats. PRESIDENT HARRISON agrees with the postmaster general that it is not just that small cities of 5,000 people should get the benefits of free delivery, while the farmer who receives his mail at a neigh boring town should not onlv have to send for it, but pay a box rent or wait at the window. The president does not suggest any remedv for this, but recom mends that the money order and postal note system be largely extended into tbe smaller country offices. In the conduct of the postoffice de partment, tbe people at large feel that an active interest is being taken in their be half. The service has been improved at many points, and continued progress is promised. Notwithstanding the revenues have increased over five million dollars, next year's estimates show a surplus of receipts over expenditures. THE comments of the leading news papers throughout the country on tbe president's message are, on the whole, dignified approvals. A great newspaper office cannot for an instant lose the con sciousness of its individuality, and every utterance on a widely discussed topic is slanted in tbe direction of the "policy" of the journal. The desire of the editor to attract more attention to what he says than what the president said, is protu berant in most of tbe comments of the big dailies. In this something of the t-ntb is sacrifice*!, ani tbe mat ter under discussion not clearly stated as it is And the value of it is in what it is. THE row over lignite coal rates from Dickinson and Sims still goes merrily on. Like Clevelands view of the tariff, it is largely a private affair. The chief feat ure of public interest is the fact that tLe Northern Pacific railroad willing to re duce the differential of 50 cents a ton, between Dickinson f.nd Sims, to 25 cents a ton although claiming that the road is now transporting coal at less rates than the law allows, and at a loss to the company. The desire to build up a large coal mining business west of tbe Missouri IH evident on the part of tbe rMorthern Pacific. Tm whea', movement last week show ed another large decrease in receipts and shipments over the preceding week. The shipments a^ primary points were greatly decreased and the exports were increased indicating that while Europe is a steady and heavy buyer at present fair prices, the shrewd heads in this country see a limit to what we can export and are be ginning to hold on to the grain for the rise that must of necessity come when the great bulk of this crop is out of tbe producers hands. MR. DONNELLY of Minnesota does not believe that the independent party is all broken up, and will never recuperate, because the country has bad a big crop. "It is an insult to th« intelligence of the farmers to suppose that they are like swine, ready to lie down as soon as they are fed," savs the alliance leader. Mr. Donnelly is correct. The alliance will not win as a third party, but he who thinks its influence in the elections of the old irties will be slight, is keeping poorly posted. ACCORDING to Quinn of tbe Butte Miner, tbe latest requirements for mem bership in the Denny Hannafin Suicide club are that a candidate must be willing to carry a torch into a powder mill, and walk into the top of an elevator shaft' Since the distinguished president of tbe club has broken his leg, there is no tel ling what frightful stipulations will next be imposed upon candidates. It is all the more ominous because there is to be a senatorial election in North Dakota be fore long. A WASHINGTON paper recently printed the following thanksgiving fiction about the North Dakota congressman: "The Hon. M. N. Johnson, of North Da* kota, is thankful that be is a lineal de scendent of Thor, and his pioture hangs on one side ot the 'Crucifixiou' in every Norseman's home of the Northwest be sides that he is solid with Uncle Ben." There are those, howevei, who declare that the "solid with Uncle Ben" feature is not a wild wierd romance. But a plain, unvarnished reality. IT was a significant partisan remark of Speaker Crisp, in acknowledging his election, that he would pledge himself to work far the "real interests of the demo cratic party." The idea of national legis lation did not out any figure in the mind of tbe new speaker. His entire speech of acceptance was an harangue about "democratic principles." It bad nothing in reference to the publio affairs that in terest all citizens and which tbe public naturally looks for. THE United States Senate, from "pre cedent," will in all likelihood give a Beat for six years to Call of Florida, whose election waB contested by tbe farmers of his state almost to a man, and who was not the choice of the people. Call is said to have been friendly to nearly every scheme that has required lobbying to get through congress, for the last twelve years. "Precedent," however, knows no other law, in the senate chamber. SENATOR CASEY has been given the chairmanship of that railroad committee, a very considerable conpliment for a comparatively new member to receive. People the northwest know what a chairman of a railroad committee can do for his constituents, in the matter of shaping state legislation. It is the same in national matters, only the leverage is all the greater. SOUTH DAKOTA as well as North Da kota has a citizen, who is making a success at literary work. He was given a public recaption at Watertown tbe other night, and the tele graph describes tbe gentleman as "a lit erary geuius of pronounced ability." A literary genius without pronounced abil probably trots in the class as "one of them literary fellers." IT may come to pass that "Old Hutch" is right—that speculators keep up pro duce and stock prices, instead of de pressing them. The "legitimate interest," known as millers and elevators, are against wheat this year ae always, but speculators have lost a great deal of money, and it is said the Board of Trade in Cnicago is a regular asylum for the poor this year. A FROM NENT democrat of a Red river county is against Cleveland because when president he was hostile to certain pension legislation and had hired a sub stitue in the war. Same democrat would vote for filaine in preference to Cleve land, but whether because Blaine's war record is more brilliant than Cleveland's, deponent sayetb not. THE New Rockford Transcript remarks that in some parts of this great country they boast of raising two crops in one season, but North Dakota is the only state in the Union where so much is raised in one season that it requires the work of two seasons to handle it. THE Benson County News complains that blind pigs are not molested at Min newaukau or Oberon. The republican officials are evidently taking their cues from tbe Iowa election. Tbe North Da kota prohibitory law might as well be re pealed at once if it cannot be enforced in small towns and villages. TnE Turtle Mountain Star believes that temperance men should grant pro hibitionists honesty of purpose and everv aid in enforcing tbe law now on trial. Other laws on the statute books, how ever, have no special champions, and do not appear to need any. IT is said that Senator Casey will be given tbe chairmanship of the senate railroad committee. This is a very im portant position, and shows that the sen ator has some powerful influences work ing in his behalf. IN the selection of delegates to the re publican national convention, tbe party managers of this state should include in the delegation out and out prohibition ists, and give them a fair show to be beard. THE Presbyterian synod of North Da* kota has petitioned congress to do what it can to abolish the rum traffic in Congo Congo! Where is Congo? Is it in North Dakota How's This! We offer one hundred dollars reward for any case of Catarrh that cannot be cured by Hall's Catarrh Cure. F. J. Cheney & Co., Props., Toledo, O. We, tbe undersigned, have known F.J. Cheney for the last 15 years, and believe him perfectly honorable in all business transactions and financially able to carry out any obligations made by their firm. West & Truax, Wholesale Druggists, Toledo, Ohio Welding. Kinnan & Mar vin. Wholesale Druggists, Toledo. Ohio. Hall's Catarrh Cure is taken internally, actio# directly upon tbe blood and mn cous surfaces of the system. Price 75c. per bottle. Sold by all druggists. Tes timonials free. SHAW & CO JAMESTOWN, N. D. SALE PRICES FOR .SATURDAY, DECEMBER 19, '91. The Pekin Gazette contains a curious memorial from the viceroy of Canton re specting 102 7£-centimeter guns manu factured by Kruppon the order of Chang Chihtung, the late viceroy of tbe prov ince. The viceroy says the guns are excellent in every respect, but they do not suit the fortifications for which they were intended. The damp climate of the province and the white ants, "which eat anything and everything," would destroy them the district is so hilly that they could not be moved, the coast is composed of wet sand, in which the wheels would get fixed immediately the guns are too long for the embankment on which they were to be placed and could not be turned around there are no horses in the province to drag them, and if there were there is no forage for them finally, the horses in the adjacent prov inces are so smull that if they were im ported they could not drag such heavy guns. The obstacles being so numerous and insurmountable, the memorialist asks that he may be allowed to transfer the guns to his brother, Li Hung Chang, for use in the north, payment to be made for them when he can. Should he re ceive any money from his brother on this account, the memorialist promises to report the fact. The emperor author izes this course to be followed. A beautiful line of stamped splashers 25c A large assortment of stamped tidies, 25c See the stamped splashers and tidies lc Beautiful, fine silk, hem-stiched hand kerchiefs 15c Heir-stitched initialed, all linen, hand kerchiefs 15c A large assortment of embroidered hand kerchiefs, at from 10c to $1.00 A heavy flannel shirting, dark colors, worth 28c 19c A felt Congress shoe for winter weather $1.25 A splendid $3.00 shoe, every p'r warranted, $2.50 Death Above Her and Death ltelow. Clinging for her life to a rough beam while a flying express train thundered and swayed above her head! Swinging in midair, with death above and below her, until almost exhausted by fatigue from the terrible strain! This was the dire predicament in which Miss Norah Oldham, of Nashville, was placed, and it was only due to her cool judgment and calm presence of mind that she was saved from death. In attempting to cross the railroad trestle which extends from Cedar street to beyond Line, she was run down by an express train, tiie engineer of which, Dickson, was trying to enter the Union depot on time and had been running un usually fast for some minutes. She was compelled to let herself down on tho outside of the track and hang on until she was rescued. Memphis Appeal Avalanche. Chicago's nighett Building*. The highest building in Chicago at present (and one which is not built on the new Chicago construction system) is the Auditorium. Its loftiest point is 296 feet above the sidewalk. The Fair build ing, now almost completed in one sec tion, measures 241 feet to the coping, and it is possible that it will be carried higher—to sixteen or eighteen stories. The new Masonic temple will measure, over all, 274 feet. This is constructed entirely on the new system. The Ashland block measures 210 feet to the coping the Woman's temple, whose topmost stories are now being finished, towers 266 feet from the ground the Manhattan, 198 feet the Monadnock, 194 the Hen ning and Speed block, 192 the Abstract building, 190 the Chamber of Commerce block, 100 the Home Insurance, 178 the Tacoma, 175 the Northern hotel, 174 the Rookery, 164 the Owings block, lttl: the Rand-McNally, 148: the Chicago Opera house, 135. and the L. Z. Leiter building. 133 feet.—Harper's Weekly. A splendid $3.50shoe, every pair warranted, $2.50 A dandy child's shoe, all sizes up to 2 $1.25 We have a few of those child's shoes at 25c We will sell during this sale, a ladies shoe worth $2.50, for $1.50 S A W & LEADERS IN LOW PRICES FOR RELIABLE GOODS. Bis Guns In Chlim. 1 co. Notice to Delinquents. There are a few subscribers to the Weekly Alert who have omitted to pay up back dues. A great many old and new subscribers have taken advantage of the offer of the months of November and December free to all who pay up in full and a year in advance. Unpaid subscrip tions must be settled promptly or names will be dropped from list. I can recommend Ely's Cream Balm to all sufferers from dry catarrh from per sonal experience.—Michael Herr, Phar macist, Denver. I bad catarrh of the head and throat for five years. I used Ely's Cream Balm, and from the first application I was relieved. The sense of smell, which bad been lost, was restored after using one bottle. I have found the Balm the only satisfactory remedy for catarrh, and it has ePected a cure in my oase.—H. L. Meyer, Waverly, N. Y. Notice of Annual Election. The regular annual meeting of the stockholders of the James River National Bank of Jamestown, N. D., for tbe elec tion of directors for the ensuing year, will be held at their banking house on Tuesday, January 1?, 1892, at 4 o'clock p. m. GEO. L. WEBSTER, Cashier. Dated Dec. 7,1891. Did you ever buy a horse and not find some misgivings as to his points till they were fully tested? Not so with Ayer's Sarsaparilla you may be sure of it at the start. It never disap points those who give it a fair and per siBteut trial. JJEPOKT OF THE CONDITION OF The Lloyds National Ba«k, At Jamestown, in the State of North Dakota, at the close of business, December 2nd, 1891. KKSOURCK3. Loans and discounts $248,883 93 Overdrafts, secured and unsecured 1.388 70 U. 8. Bonds to secure circulation 23.003 0# Stocks, securities, claims, etc 32,849 04 Due from approved reserve agents 38,631 72 Due from state banks and bankers 70,507 29 109,139 01 Banking-house, furniture and fixtures 15,000 00 Current expenses and taxes paid 870 45 Premium on U. 8. bonds 4,000 00 Checks and other cash lteins$ 2,556 77 Bills of other banks 185 00 Fractional paper currency. nickies and cents 02 Specie 6,888 45 Legal tender notes 24,270 00 33,895 24 Redemption fund with U. S. treasurer (5 percent ot circulation 1,145 00 Total 9471,541 43 LIAIUI.ITIKS. Capital otock paid in $100,000 09 Surplus fund 10,000 00 Undivided profits 4,130 81 National bank notes outstanding 22,500 00 Individual deposits subject to check $235,669 78 Demand certificates of de posit.... 13.604 47 Time eertiflcates of deposit *6,051 49 Due to other national banks 1,845 99 Due to state banks aud bankers 7,679 09 334,910 8* Total $471,511 43 State of North Dakota, County of Stutsman, ss: I.Jas.M. Lloyd, cashier of the altove named bank, do solemnly swear that the above state ment is true to tlio best of my knowledge and belief. JAS. M. LLOYD,Cashier. Subscribed and sworn to before ine this 14th clay of December, 1801. O. II. IIO'T. Correct—Attest: I? Notary Public. W. M. LLOYD, II. I.. I,I,OVD, H. K.MCOINNIS, Directors.